MANILA Former Biliran representative, lawyer Glenn Chong, is vying for a higher office as he filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) as substitute candidate for senator in the May 2019 mid-term polls.
Based on Commission on Elections (Comelec) records, Chong is replacing Rosita Caringal Imperial of the Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP) party, who withdrew her COC last November 26.
Aside from the lawyer, another substitute candidate for senator, Rodolfo Javellana Jr., also filed his COC under the KDP party.
He is substituting for Emmanuel Antipolo Dadulla, who also withdrew his COC on Monday.
According to poll body data, four other candidates for senator withdrew their COCs --Vivian MoreAo of the Akbayan party, Ernesto Ramel Jr. of the Aksyon Demokratiko party, and Independent candidates Robel dela Cruz and Alan Maco.
The deadline for the substitution of an official candidate of a political party, who withdrew, died, or was disqualified by final judgment is November 29.
The Comelec said they will no longer accept COC for substitute candidate after the said date.
However, the poll body noted that only a candidate who died or was disqualified by final judgment may be substituted by someone who bears the same surname until mid-day of election day. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency